Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Contact: Geraint Thomas
Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services
Welcome & apologies / Croeso ac ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillors Kelly Preston and
Declarations of interest / Datganiadau o fudd
2.1 Due to Special Needs Resource Bases being located at several
schools, members of the Committee declared the following personal
interests in agenda item 5:
– Chair of Governors at Llanyrafon Primary School and a
governor at Croesyceiliog School.
– Governor at Cwmbran High School and Woodlands Community
Primary School, and has two children in the borough with Additional
Learning Needs (ALN).
Overton – Governor at New Inn Primary School.
– Governor at Croesyceiliog School and Maendy Primary School,
and her child attends Maendy Primary School.
Seabourne – Governor at Cwmbran High School and Greenmeadow
– Governor at Nant Celyn Primary School.
Williams – Governor at Abersychan School.
Minutes 20/3/2019 / Cofnodion 20/3/2019 PDF 389 KB
3.1 The minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019 were confirmed
as an accurate record.
Action sheet / Taflen Gweithredu PDF 101 KB
4.1 The Committee noted the action sheet.
ALN Code / Cod ADY PDF 273 KB
5.1 The COE gave a brief introduction to the report, highlighting
the following areas:
outlined the core aspects of the reform, which were listed in
paragraph 1.7 of the report.
did not believe that the policy intended to extend the ability to
stay in school up to the age of 25.
collegiate approach was required by all stakeholders under the Act
and the four priority areas for the South East Wales Consortium
(SEWC) were listed in paragraph 2.2 of the report.
mandatory requirements imposed by the ALN Code on local authorities
and schools could be seen in paragraph 2.9 of the report, and these
would need to be evidenced.
was important not to dismiss any dreams or aspirations of children
and young people, and lots of training was available to schools and
professionals around how they support children and young people in
order to achieve their goals.
- Meeting the needs of learners with ALN should be part of a whole
school approach to school improvement, and close work with the
Education Achievement Service (EAS) was key to this.
5.2 Councillor Gwyn Jenkins entered the meeting.
5.3 Following Members’ questions and comments, the COE, TL and
SAM made the following main points:
COE confirmed that officers would check the figures presented on
page 78 of the agenda, regarding Special Educational Needs (SEN)
numbers per region, and look for an explanation around
Caerphilly’s particularly high numbers.
TL explained that the SEWC was the only consortia in Wales that had
completed its Readiness Survey. The figures on page 102 of the
agenda did not reflect this, but that was merely due to a timing
issue around the publishing of the agenda.
TL confirmed that terms and conditions were in place around
funding, in order to improve attendance at local and regional
cluster meetings, and she agreed to circulate an individual school
breakdown of the attendance figures. The COE added that schools
needed to attend the cluster meetings to keep up-to-date and the
Local Authority (LA) needed to monitor this.
COE suggested that when funding for Post-16 education was
transferred from Welsh Government (WG) to local authorities, it
would be beneficial for it to be on a regional or all-Wales basis,
in order to achieve economies of scale. He explained that the Welsh
Local Government Association (WLGA) could have a role to play in
this. He reassured members of the Committee that the LA had raised
this issue with WG.
COE suggested that it may be unfair to expect all ALN students to
complete Further Education (FE) courses within two years, which is
what the funding covered, and therefore this could also have
COE did not believe that the ALN Code was cost-neutral, as a lot of
resource would be required. He added that it was on the Corporate
Risk Register and may even need to be heightened.
COE expected a lot of legal challenges to occur within the first
the full minutes text for item 5.
Date of next meeting / Dyddiad y cyfarfod nesaf
6.1 The Chair confirmed that the date of the next meeting would be
circulated as soon as possible, and thanked the Committee for their
input during the municipal year.
6.2 The Chair informed the Committee that Lorna Redman and Dr John
Sheridan were no longer co-opted members of the Committee,
following the expiration of their terms of office. The Committee
requested that letters were sent on behalf of the Committee,
praising them for their input and dedication.
6.3 The meeting ended at 3.45pm.